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    1839 Seated Liberty Half in Silver
    Judd-101 Restrike, PR63

    1839 P50C Half Dollar, Judd-101 Restrike, Pollock-112, R.8, PR63 PCGS. Ex: Bass-Simpson. The year 1839 marked the transition for half dollars from the old, venerable Capped Bust design -- with reeded edges since 1836 when steam presses took over -- to the new Liberty Seated design, launched first on half dimes and dimes in 1837 before spreading to other denominations in ensuing years. The Judd-101 half dollars are struck in silver with plain edges, featuring the Liberty Seated, With Drapery motif on the obverse. The reverse, however, is the Standing Eagle reverse, a perched eagle facing to the viewer's right sans shield and holding four arrows and an olive branch, as seen on the Judd-76 to Judd-78 issues of 1838.

    The Judd-101 patterns are restrikes from rusted dies oriented in medallic turn. Only two are known, the other being the John J. Pittman Collection example, PR67 NGC, which we offered in our FUN Signature auction of January 2017. Both the Bass-Simpson and Pittman examples are ca. 1869-70 restrikes of earlier-dated issues that trace to the excesses of Mint Director Henry R. Linderman. This PR63 PCGS example has toned beautifully through its long history, now showing predominantly blue-green patina on the obverse and rose-gold tones on the reverse, a coin with great eye appeal.
    Ex: Mint Director Henry Linderman; unknown intermediaries; King Farouk Collection (Sotheby's, 2-3/1954, part of lot 173); Cox Collection (Stack's, 4/1962); purchased by Harry W. Bass, Jr., from Numismatics, Ltd. (8/1974); Bass Part I Sale (Bowers and Merena, 5/1999), lot 1158; Southern Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 297H, PCGS# 11432)

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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